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Final Thursday Reading Series
Final Thursday Reading Series will resume at the Hearst Center for the Arts for its 13th Season on August 29th. This creative writers’ forum features regional authors and provides an opportunity for local writers and songwriters to share their original work. A grand piano is provided by the Hearst Center if needed. Local writers/songwriters may sign up for open mic at 7 p.m. which begins at 7:15 p.m. Share the best five minutes of your own poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or songwriting. Guests are also encouraged to enjoy the Hearst Center’s art galleries during a short break. The guest author takes the stage at 8 p.m. and then a short question and answer period will occur as time allows. Sponsors: Final Thursday Press; University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; and Cup of Joe.

FTRS Featured Authors:   January 30 - Timothy Fay; February 27 - Vince Gotera; March 27 – Letitia L. Moffitt; April 24 – Larry Baker

Images of Mongolia
On October 14, 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to consider promoting world peace by working in developing countries. Less than a year later, newly-elected President Kennedy signed an Executive Order to officially establish the Peace Corps.  Since that time, over 210,000 volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Currently, 141 volunteers serve in Mongolia. Recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Jason Ehrig, will offer a slide-show presentation at the Hearst Center on his experiences in Mongolia on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Mae Latta Hall. This event is free and open to the public, with reception to follow.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Film Colossus Series
Film enthusiasts Travis Bean and Chris Lambert will show one major motion picture per week at the Hearst Center on six consecutive Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., beginning March 25. At the conclusion of each film, the duo will lead discussions about underlying meanings in these mainstream films. Admission is free.
March 25:    Inception (PG-13)
April 1:          Spirited Away (PG) 
April 8:          The Shining (R)
April 15:        Fight Club (R)
April 22:        No Country for Old Men (R)
April 29:        Another Earth (PG-13)

An Evening of Art & Literature with Gary Kelley and J. Patrick Lewis
James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts and the University of Northern Iowa College of Education invite you to attend “An Evening of Art & Literature with Gary Kelley and J. Patrick Lewis” at the Hearst Center on Thursday, April 10, at 7:00. This preconference event for the 2014 UNI Elementary Literacy Conference will feature gallery talks by artist Gary Kelley and author J. Patrick Lewis. Musical accompaniment will be provided by members of the UNI Suzuki School. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Full Range Media, Hearst Center for the Arts, Humble Travel, Pioneer Graphics, Scratch Cupcakery, and UNI College of Education.  http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/elc/

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Lecture Series
The Hearst Center will offer its Twenty-fifth Anniversary James Hearst Lecture Series on select dates in 2014. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Cedar FAlls and the Cedar Falls Art & Culture Board.
April 3 at 7:00 p.m.: Jonathan Stull
April 17 at 7:00 p.m.: Scott Cawelti
May 17 at 11:00 a.m.: Loree Rackstraw
May 17 at 12:00 noon: Barbara Lounsberry
May 17 at 1:00 p.m.: George Day
August 7 at 7:00 p.m.: Michael Borich
September 18 at 7:00p.m.: Jeremy Schraffenberger
October 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Roy Behrens

Hearst Center’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Weekend
Friends of the Hearst will host an after-hours anniversary reception on Friday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m.  On Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the Hearst Center Sculpture Garden, the community will be treated to a family day featuring plein air painters, strolling actors, balloon sculpture by Mr. Nick's Entertainment, juggling and stilt-walking with Dean Franzen, Fitkin Popcorn, and barbequed pork sandwiches by the Black Hawk County Pork Producers.  Guests will also enjoy open-air poetry readings int he Joy and Burton Corning Patio, art activities in the R.J. McElroy and Ella Rownd classrooms, and informal talks in Mae Latta Hall by Loree Rackstraw, Barbara Lounsberry, and George Day.
Admission is free and open to the public.

Cinco de Mayo, Seerley Park
Join Cedar Falls Public Library, College Hill Partnership, and the Hearst Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 4 at 5 pm for a traditional, outdoor Cinco de Mayo festival with Mexican food, music, and dancing. The celebration features piñatas and educational activities for kids. Hear traditional music and enjoy delicious authentic food by Carlo’s O’Kelly’s. Bring your friends and laugh, dance, eat, create, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Seerley Park. Media Sponsors: 93.5 The Mix and 1650 The Fan.
This Cinco de Mayo celebration is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Cedar Falls Civic Foundation Robert & Shirley Berg Fund.
Where: Seerley Park
When: Sunday, May 4
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Event will take place weather permitting. Listen to 93.5 The Mix, and 1650 The Fan for announcements. 

Farmers Market
Overman Park: Saturdays, May 10, June 7, July 12, & August 9
Look for the Hearst Center’s creative corner and create some art while shopping for your veggies at the Farmers Market
Time: 8:30 – 12:00 a.m.

Movies Under the Moon
Overman Park: Fridays, June 6, June 20, July 11, July 25, August 8, & August 22
Community Main Street, the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts are excited to announce the eleventh summer of Movies Under the Moon, featuring-family friendly films under the stars at Overman Park in Cedar Falls. Special thanks to the Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association for providing live music preceding each featured film.  
New screen and projection equipment has been made possible, in part, by a grant award from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.

Paws in the Park
Gateway Park: June 14
Activities: Hearst Center Face Painters
Time: 9:00 – 1:00

Cedar Trails Festival (Bicycle Safety Rodeo)
Gateway Park: June 14
Activities: Hearst Center Face Painters
Time: 4:00 – 6:00

Light Up the Night Ride
Gateway Park: June 14
Featured music by Dylan Sires & Neighbors, sponsored by the Hearst Center for the Arts.
Time: 7:00 – 10:00

College Hill Arts Festival
UNI Campus: Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21
Stop by the Hearst Center’s booth for painting on easels, printmaking, collage and silhouettes by Cilla.
Activities Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Sturgis Falls Celebration
Overman Park: Friday – Sunday, June 26 – 29
Face painting & art activities at the Kidsway Tent on Saturday & Sunday, June 28 & 29.
Activities Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Main Street: Saturday, September 6
Enjoy easel painting, collage, and face painting on Main Street. Look for the Impressions of the Hearst Center Garden clay tiles created by children from the community. Sales of these tiles support art programs at the Hearst Center.
Activities Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.